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The ifa provides comprehensive information on foreign cultural and educational policy. Online research is possible both in the holdings of the ifa library and with other providers. A repository is under construction that will provide full texts on the foreign cultural and educational policy. Three networks connect research and practice in international cultural exchange. In addition, the ifa provides information on international cultural relations conferences taking place around the world.


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ifa operates three networks that expand and link practical cultural work, academic reflection and policy advice nationally and internationally. The International Cultural Relations Research Alliance (ICRRA) connects academic institutions worldwide. The Wissenschaftlicher Initiativkreis Kultur und Außenpolitik (WIKA) organises academics, students, research institutions, think tanks and cultural institutions from Germany. The aim of the German-Chinese forum is to exchange views on central development tasks in cultural education.

International Cultural Relations Research Alliance (ICRRA)

Wissenschaftlicher Initiativkreis Kultur und Außenpolitik (WIKA)

German-Chinese Forum 'Cultural Education'

Conference calendar

10  Conferences

Europeana 2021

digital cultural heritage conference

10.11. - 12.11.2021 online


ICMEMO Annual Conference 2021

How Memorial Museums address issues of Displacement, Refugees and Education on Genocide Prevention

26.10. - 30.10.2021 Yerevan


Political pressure on museums: controlling the narrative?

ICETHICS/ICMEMO Joint Online conference

30.09.2021 online

Internationale Beziehungen

The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy

Cultural Diplomacy's Role in Widespread Growing Global Conflicts Era

27.07. - 31.07.2021 Berlin

Internationale Beziehungen

Public diplomacy & cultural diplomacy. Basque Public Diplomacy

Donostia Kultura summer course

21.07. - 23.07.2021 San Sebastián, online


Post-Covid social media strategy

6 creative ENCATC Breakfasts

01.07. - 04.08.2021 online

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What does foreign cultural and educational policy do?

Foreign Cultural and Educational Policy is a basic component of the foreign policy of the Federal Republic of Germany.  It is referred to as the 'third pillar' of foreign policy alongside political and economic relations. It provides information on Germany's cultural, media and research landscapes as well as on current social, political and cultural discourses and it promotes the German language worldwide. It showcases culture from Germany abroad and vice versa. By strengthening civil societies, Foreign Cultural and Educational Policy can prevent and deal with cultural, religious or ideological conflicts.
Foreign Cultural and Educational Policy actively shapes multilateral cultural exchange. It provides impulses for an integrated cultural policy of European countries. This is how it builds and consolidates sustainable international relations.


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